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Research Study Assistant

The Research Study Assistant performs biomedical and/or social-behavioral research by administering tests and/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating and/or processing responses; gathering information; and/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports.  This role completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and all relevant current local, state, and federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy and procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).

The IMPACT Program conducts research on LGBT health and development (see  It currently has multiple NIH- and foundation-funded studies and actively collaborates with community-based organizations to conduct research and translate findings into interventions.  Extensive community ties have been a hallmark of the IMPACT Program since its inception, and it is now a resident partner with Center on Halsted.  The Program is directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski and co-directed by Dr. George Greene.

The Research Study Assistant will work closely with investigators, study coordinators, database programmers and statisticians to implement appropriate data management strategies for a wide range of studies. Specific duties will include following standard operating procedures to ensure high quality data, assisting with design of data collection forms, conducting data quality assurance activities, performing data storage and de-identification procedures in accordance with institutional and national policies, assisting with establishing and maintaining analytical datasets using standard software packages (SAS, SPSS), and assisting with performing data analyses in collaboration with data analysts on the team.

The Research Study Assistant may also be responsible for assisting with recruitment and retention of participants across multiple studies, as well as to conduct research assessment interviews across multiple projects.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Recruits study participants.
  • Reviews and obtains informed consent.
  • Schedules study visits with participants.
  • Conducts interviews.
  • Scores test results.
  • Collects survey data.
  • Reviews medical records.
  • Facilitates communication with key personnel and participants to maintain project study flow.
    • Assist with the design of data collection forms.
    • Conducts data quality assurance activities and generates reports.
    • Follows standard operating procedures to ensure high quality data.
    • Actively participates in research meetings and department meetings.
    • Collaborates with investigators and other project members to ensure accuracy of data.


  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting and entering data; and/or preparing basic charts and graphs.
  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
  • Completes portions of grant applications and/or documents associated with current local, state, and federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws and research protocols.


  • May process reimbursements for travel expenses.
  • Monitors and distribute petty cash.


  • May train other research staff to interview/test participants.


  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Preliminary knowledge of descriptive data analysis
  • Research data management experience

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Working knowledge of Windows operating systems
  • Excellent organizational, communication and analytical skills
  • Ability and willingness to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with management, co-workers and external collaborators
  • Experience in and enthusiasm for biomedical/social science research
  • Preliminary proficiency in SPSS and/or SAS

To apply for this position, please visit Northwestern University’s careers site, and search for job 25503.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Training Opportunities

Our Training page contains information about the clinical psychology internship track in LGBT health with the IMPACT Program, as well Northwestern University’s Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program.


Please visit our Internships page for a full listing of film, web, writing/blogging, and research assistant internship opportunities.

IMPACT Program Diversity Statement: Northwestern University and IMPACT’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated.  Through its work, the IMPACT Program advances the health and wellbeing of LGBT individuals.  Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among IMPACT staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences.  We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.


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